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Gairloch Heritage Museum Calendar 2018
Our 2017 calendar presents heritage photographs from our archives, featuring people and places of the local area. The calendar is a great Christmas present, especially for relatives and friends living away from Gairloch.
Price £6.60 including postage within the UK.
Gairloch Stockings Knitting Pattern
This is a traditional kilt stocking pattern from Gairloch. The ‘Gairloch pattern’ was used for stockings in the main but was also widely applied to waistcoats and other garments. Normally employing two shades of wool, the pattern could be more elaborately coloured but the design remained standard.
Stockings in this pattern were made from home spun wool by the women of Gairloch parish to provide an additional income during the destitution years in the middle of the C19th.
This modern version of the traditional pattern was developed by staff and volunteers at Gairloch Heritage Museum to raise funds for the museum. It is based on knitted objects in the museum’s collection, and notes on the old patterns held in the museum’s archive.
Price £3 including postage within the UK.
Guide to Gairloch and Loch Maree
and a Map and Illustrations
By John H. Dixon, F.S.A. Scot.
This book is essential reading if you want to know all about life in the area, especially if you are researching your family tree as it gives a lot interesting detail about the parish your ancestors came from and may even mention them by name.
Dixon's 'Gairloch' has long been recognised as a minor classic. Written in 1886, it describes in considerable detail all aspects of the history, physical features and life in the parish of Gairloch at that time. The writer, John H. Dixon, made his home at Inveran on the shores of Loch Maree, and took a keen interest in the welfare of the inhabitants whom he represented for many years on the County Council.
The hardback book has been reprinted by the museum several times, most recently in 2004. It is sold in Gairloch Heritage Museum shop (as well as at Gairloch TIC and Beinn Eighe Visitor Centre). It can be ordered from the museum at this price plus postage and packing as detailed below.
Price £28.50 including postage within the UK.
Eighty Years in the Highlands
By Pauline Butler
From 1863 Osgood Hanbury Mackenzie created and developed a garden at Inverewe which is now world famous. However, few who visit appreciate his significant roles as a ‘heritor’ in the Wester Ross community of Gairloch and Poolewe, or know of his interests in farming, natural history and the Gaelic culture.
In this study, local historian and Museum secretary, Pauline Butler, details the personal and public life of this complex man. She takes us from his childhood years in the 1840s, a time of destitution and famine, through the crofting and poor law, religious and education reforms of the later 1800s and into the widening horizons of the twentieth century. Much of the contemporary evidence used was discovered here in the Gairloch Heritage Museum archives, which also provided many of the revealing illustrations.
Eighty Years in the Highlands is a fascinating and valuable contribution to our understanding of the Highlands during the lifetime of Osgood Mackenzie.
Price £18.50 including postage within the UK.
Gairloch Then and Now
This book of historic images was produced to raise funds for Gairloch Heritage Museum in Wester Ross, Scotland. In the past 150 years Wester Ross has changed enormously and photography has also greatly improved. In this new book, historic images from our archive have been retaken in the present day to illustrate the changes that have occurred to the scenery, towns and villages in and around Gairloch, Poolewe and Aultbea.
The book will make a wonderful gift for friends and family who have an attachment to the Gairloch area.
Price £9.60 including postage within the UK.
A Taste of Wester Ross
This is not a normal recipe book - with almost every turn of the page you find an interesting quotation, old photographs and snippets of what life used to be like in Wester Ross or photographs of some of the younger and older residents. All profits from the sale of the book will go towards building a new museum in Gairloch - a building that will not only house the museum collection, but also provide a new cultural centre for the area.
Price £11.60 including postage within the UK.
Gairloch Heritage Museum : Achtercairn • Gairloch • Ross-shire • IV21 2BP • UK
Curator : Dr. Karen Buchanan (Thompson)
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Gairloch Heritage Museum is operated by Gairloch & District Heritage Company Ltd which is run by volunteers and is a registered charity no. SC010249